SOMERSET 'Cases' Rebels have released stalwart performer Charles Wright from contract and, subject to approval by the governing body of the sport, will bring back former Rebel Claus Vissing, writes Stephen Allen.

The shock announcement came after the club found themselves in an untenable position with Wright, over incidents that occurred in the pits last Wednesday against Wolverhampton.

Co-promoter Garry May said: "It saddens me that we have found ourselves in this position.

"In Claus Vissing I feel that we have such a rider and I look forward to welcoming him back to the Oaktree on Wednesday and working with him once again."

In a second move, the Rebels have also dropped reserve Jonas Jeppesen from their declared side and drafted in Argentinian-born racer Nico Covatti as a replacement, again subject to approval.

May was quick to point out that the Jeppesen change had nothing to do with events of last week, saying: "I genuinely feel sorry for Jonas as I do believe that he will, in time, become a very able performer, but I looked at the team and just felt that we needed a bit of shoring up at the bottom end.

"Unfortunately for Jonas he has been lacking track time and that has not brought him on as quickly as I had hoped.

"While I have taken him out of the team for now, I would like to think that there will be an opportunity in the future to work with him once more."

The changes are expected to become effective in time for the Rebels' next match, which is on Wednesday (June 20), when neighbours Poole provide the opposition in an SGB Premiership league fixture.